Tuesday, February 3, 2009
On Saturday, while taking pictures in the St. Olaf natural lands, I found these intriguing prints. While the impression is clearly of a large, three-toed animal, when I consult the guide to tracks I posted recently there just doesn't seem to be anything like that. Rather, the tracks appear to indicate a small hopping animal whose tiny forepaws land together first, creating a single print, with the larger hind feet landing separately ahead of the forepaws. This scenario is reinforced by the fact that the tracks appear almost in a straight line rather than staggered, as they would be if made by the left and right feet of a larger animal.